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Fayetteville, AR Arts & Culture

Local cultural offerings add to quality of life

By Marc Acton on August 11, 2014

Walton Arts Center

Now playing in Fayetteville is a lively arts scene with concerts, theaters and art galleries, plus three annual festivals add to the community’s overall quality of life. Here is some background.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

The annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival is a four-day motorcycle rally in late September that features plenty of concert acts and barbecue contests. The event attracts 30,000 motorcycles, 300,000 spectators and is billed as the world’s largest charity rally, with much of the proceeds going to nonprofit organizations. Everyone is invited to the festival, especially to enjoy the food because Fayetteville is ranked among America’s “Top 10 Best BBQ Cities” by Livability.com.

Fayetteville Roots Festival

The four-day Fayetteville Roots Festival is an urban event in late August that showcases Fayetteville as a music hot spot. Bands perform on multiple stages throughout the city, including at Fayetteville Farmers Market, Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Town Center, George’s Majestic Lounge, Greenhouse Grille and Kingfish Dive Bar.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

In early September, the Hispanic Heritage Festival recognizes the contributions and culture of the area’s Hispanic population with music, children’s activities, dance performances and food. The late summer get-together is more than just a cultural event, providing an opportunity for Hispanics to further celebrate how important they are to this community.

Live Concerts at Gulley Park

Check out this series of six concerts in Gulley Park during the summertime months. Whether you’re into rock, Americana, country or the classics, it’s all covered. Best of all, these evening entertainment events are free, Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. The 2017 series will be the 21st annual event.


The regional theater for Northwest Arkansas, TheaterSquared stages six plays every season at the 175-seat Studio Theatre in the Walton Arts Center. The 2016-2017 lineup includes Great Expectations, Detroit, Intimate Apparel and The Dingdong. The Walton Arts Center itself presents a lineup of Broadway plays and also features visual arts exhibits in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery.

Art Galleries

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce offices are in the former Bradbury Building on the downtown square. Two art galleries are located in the building. Along the corridor as you enter the front door is the Atrium Art Gallery, and the chamber also has a conference room that houses the Library Art Gallery. About 14 art pieces by artists throughout the community are on display, and both galleries rotate new exhibits every three months.

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